About

I started working at the British Humanist Association (BHA) in 2005 and am now their chief executive – a great job that I love, with amazing colleagues.

Before 1 January 2010, I was director of education and public affairs, coordinating the BHA’s education work promoting understanding of Humanism as a non-religious worldview in schools, colleges, and to the public generally. I also coordinated the BHA’s campaigns for a secular state, for an end to religious privilege and discrimination based on religion or belief and for a rational humanist perspective on public ethical issues.

I used to chair the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association and was a trustee at Conway Hall Ethical Society,  where I chaired their Education and Arts Advisory Group as well as the James Hemming and Blackham Fellowships committees and served on the Advisory Group for the Humanist Reference Library). I’m First Vice President of the International Humanist and Ethical Union, having been a director of the European Humanist Federation and delegate to the Council of Europe for three years.

Currently I like Star Trek, ice tea, E M Forster’s novels, The West Wing, Doctor Who, detective stories, hot tea, northern Europe, real ale, Whitby, the South-West of France, the blue and pink sweets you get in the middle of liquorice catherine wheels, E M Forster’s essays, Tuna nigri, classical Athens, the London Science Museum, cherry blossom trees.